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alfredo

(60,070 posts)
Tue Sep 1, 2015, 05:35 PM Sep 2015

****** September contest theme is, Another Roadside Attraction.*******

Last edited Sun Sep 13, 2015, 01:05 PM - Edit history (1)

Entries will open on September 14, and will run for one week. Prelim voting and final voting will be three days each.

"Roadside attraction" as defined for this contest is, a small independent business along the the roadway. The more quirky and kitschy the better. Keep editing to the minimum. Enjoy

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****** September contest theme is, Another Roadside Attraction.******* (Original Post) alfredo Sep 2015 OP
I think I need another hint. Solly Mack Sep 2015 #1
GOT IT! elleng Sep 2015 #2
If you live by the coast or near a lake, there should be some picturesque shops alfredo Sep 2015 #14
Uh oh Tom Kitten Sep 2015 #3
Lost your digital virginity to a caveman. alfredo Sep 2015 #5
Brings back memories. Binkie The Clown Sep 2015 #7
memories! Tom Kitten Sep 2015 #10
Grants Pass Old Codger Sep 2015 #11
You've done it Mira Sep 2015 #4
Thanks. It's a Tom Robbins novel. alfredo Sep 2015 #9
For me Mira Sep 2015 #12
Skinny legs and all was really good too. alfredo Sep 2015 #13
Makes me want to dig CC Sep 2015 #6
It's a good reason to hit the secondary roads near you. alfredo Sep 2015 #8
We have an unfair advantage here in Flori-duh Lorien Sep 2015 #15
That's OK, as long as you don't abuse it. alfredo Sep 2015 #16
You really do! mnhtnbb Sep 2015 #20
It doesn't have to be a business. It could be a yard decorated with concrete statues and such. alfredo Sep 2015 #26
Cool. bluedigger Sep 2015 #17
I'll have to dig out my photo Blue_In_AK Sep 2015 #18
That's the spirit. alfredo Sep 2015 #19
Sounds good! Agschmid Sep 2015 #21
I might have mine already Mira Sep 2015 #22
I can't wait to see the entries. I love the little store. So comforting. alfredo Sep 2015 #23
great theme fizzgig Sep 2015 #24
You don't even need to leave the city limits to find some good subjects alfredo Sep 2015 #25
What's the policy on post-processing? Binkie The Clown Sep 2015 #27
That's fine. Editing within reason is OK with me. alfredo Sep 2015 #28
I'll go ahead and submit it when the time comes, and if it's over the top Binkie The Clown Sep 2015 #29
Antique/sepia leaves the image generally intact. Turning it into a fractal would be too much. alfredo Sep 2015 #30
Tough one so far... But I've got some going. Agschmid Sep 2015 #31
Easy is boring. alfredo Sep 2015 #32
I traveled for 18 hours on Friday. I got my entry and then some. Solly Mack Sep 2015 #36
Alfredo Mira Sep 2015 #33
It doesn't matter, it just has to be interesting. alfredo Sep 2015 #34
Mira's question is also my question today. Because do I have kitsch! Solly Mack Sep 2015 #35
A roadside attraction doesn't have to be kitsch, but any attraction, profound or profane is OK. alfredo Sep 2015 #37
Well, OK. I separate kitsch from primitive art. Solly Mack Sep 2015 #38
I can't wait to see these little pieces of America. alfredo Sep 2015 #39

alfredo

(60,070 posts)
14. If you live by the coast or near a lake, there should be some picturesque shops
Wed Sep 2, 2015, 08:45 AM
Sep 2015

and restaurants near you.

We have one very interesting diner.

Binkie The Clown

(7,911 posts)
7. Brings back memories.
Wed Sep 2, 2015, 12:21 AM
Sep 2015

I lived in Grants Pass for 20 years or so. My 3 kids all graduated from Hidden Valley High. That's been at least 30 years ago.

Tom Kitten

(7,340 posts)
10. memories!
Wed Sep 2, 2015, 12:34 AM
Sep 2015

Somewhere in my closet I have a box of slides I took from the sidelines at the 1977 Gladstone-Hidden Valley Class AA State Championship Football game. (I went to Gladstone, we won, yay ) Your mentioning Hidden Valley triggered that memory! I hadn't thought of that for a good twenty years.

Mira

(22,379 posts)
4. You've done it
Tue Sep 1, 2015, 08:41 PM
Sep 2015

I'm utterly intrigued. This won't be as easy as it seems, but eminently doable. I like the way you think, Alfredo. Good one!

CC

(8,039 posts)
6. Makes me want to dig
Tue Sep 1, 2015, 10:59 PM
Sep 2015

for an old Gatorland print. Specially since I am no where near Gatorland now.


Kicking myself, I should of taken a photo of South of the Border when we went by a couple weeks ago. lol

alfredo

(60,070 posts)
26. It doesn't have to be a business. It could be a yard decorated with concrete statues and such.
Mon Sep 7, 2015, 08:50 AM
Sep 2015

A funny sign would suffice. There was a sign on a fence advertising "used cows." A bubblegum colored house against a blue sky would be marvelous. If you see it from the road/street, it is fair game.

Mira

(22,379 posts)
22. I might have mine already
Thu Sep 3, 2015, 08:13 PM
Sep 2015

took it today.
I had to shake hands, introduce myself, explain why I'm in the neighborhood, and finally worked my way to saying there was a contest coming up and I needed a photo of their attractive roadside attraction store, was it maybe please OK to take a few shots. All this is not what I usually do, I just beg forgiveness, not so much ask permission.
I'm tickled.

alfredo

(60,070 posts)
23. I can't wait to see the entries. I love the little store. So comforting.
Thu Sep 3, 2015, 11:12 PM
Sep 2015

This place is in our town. The pharmacy has closed, but it lives on as a liquor store.

http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/bondurants-pharmacy



It has a big vertical conveyor for the drugs. It was pretty neat.

fizzgig

(24,146 posts)
24. great theme
Fri Sep 4, 2015, 01:23 AM
Sep 2015

i have some places in mind already and i just happen to be driving past all of them next weekend.

Binkie The Clown

(7,911 posts)
27. What's the policy on post-processing?
Wed Sep 9, 2015, 02:00 AM
Sep 2015

I got a nice shot, but I'd like to "antique" it and turn it into a vintage-looking photo befitting the subject matter.

Binkie The Clown

(7,911 posts)
29. I'll go ahead and submit it when the time comes, and if it's over the top
Wed Sep 9, 2015, 12:04 PM
Sep 2015

just tell me, and I'll submit a different image instead.

Solly Mack

(90,758 posts)
36. I traveled for 18 hours on Friday. I got my entry and then some.
Sun Sep 13, 2015, 01:36 PM
Sep 2015

I would have gladly went with easy.

Mira

(22,379 posts)
33. Alfredo
Sun Sep 13, 2015, 10:41 AM
Sep 2015

will you be stating that you want "quirky or kitschy"?

I took the photo of the road side business I mentioned (where I had to park, gently approach, introduce myself and beg for the photo) and I am holding it in abeyance for the contest. Then I ran across another that is kitsch as kitsch can.......
So now I'm torn.

I think the photographers, and the voters, need to get back to keeping their eye on the theme a bit better. Lately I think we have lost our way at times and submitted pretty photos that are only peripherally related to the theme and have gotten away with it.

Solly Mack

(90,758 posts)
35. Mira's question is also my question today. Because do I have kitsch!
Sun Sep 13, 2015, 01:30 PM
Sep 2015

So, mention it! (Pretty please, with sugar on top)


Thank you.

alfredo

(60,070 posts)
37. A roadside attraction doesn't have to be kitsch, but any attraction, profound or profane is OK.
Sun Sep 13, 2015, 03:14 PM
Sep 2015

One man's kitsch is another's primitive art.

Solly Mack

(90,758 posts)
38. Well, OK. I separate kitsch from primitive art.
Sun Sep 13, 2015, 03:28 PM
Sep 2015

But I take your point.

I got loads of quirk and kitsch.

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